April is Safe Digging Month, and as the weather gets nicer, it’s the perfect time to get out and start making improvements to your yard. Before you dig, know where your plumbing, electric, and other underground cable are before you dig to put in new landscaping. – Get Info

April is also the start of the warm season here in Colorado, which means water consumption goes up tenfold as our landscaping breathes new life.Spring Fever – Plumbing Tips For Saving Water

Before you pull out the garden hose, think about the amount of water you use, and look for ways to conserve.

The easiest way is to start on the inside with the basics. Every water fixture in your home now has the ability to be more water friendly.

Low flow toilets can reduce the average flush from 3 to 5 gallons, down to a mere 1.6 gallons. Dual flush toilets can reduce it further, giving you the option of being able to flush with different levels of water, depending on what it going down the drain.

Low flow faucets can be installed in every room in your home. And if you normally leave the water run for a few minutes to warm up before using, consider a recirculating system that will give you instant hot water at any time.

If you haven’t replaced appliances in awhile, look for energy star rated products that can help with your overall efficiency. Make sure washers and dishwashers are full before running.

When heading outside, look to your irrigation method and conserve where possible. If you use a manual system, be careful about how long you leave the hose in each setting. For automatic systems, consider a rain detection system to avoid watering when your lawn is saturated.

When maintaining your landscaping, always cut your grass at the highest recommended height – longer grass means less chance of burning and a need for water. Don’t over fertilize and use pesticides only when necessary. And invest in Colorado landscaping – plants that are native to our area and don’t require a large amount of water to stay alive.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

One of the most important aspects of home maintenance, yet oftentimes overlooked, are sewer lines. Clogged sewer lines can lead to major repairs that can be extremely inconvenient and expensive. At its very early symptoms, find out if your sewer is clogged to avoid damage and repair costs. Here are a few tips on how to determine a clogged sewer:Is Your Sewer Clogged?

Plumbing facilities within the house such as faucets, drains, pipes, toilets, and tubs that are not functioning properly are clear signs that your main sewer line may be clogged. Observe how water drains in the bathroom sink. Run the faucet a few minutes and observe if water drain down smoothly. If water backs up from the sink hole or if water drains quite slowly, then it may be an indication of a clogged sewer.

A clear indication that the main sewer line of your house is clogged is when several plumbing features are not working properly. For instance, the bathtub draining slowly or the kitchen sink clogging up could be signs that the main sewer line is not working properly.

Another sign that the sewer is clogged is when water backs up in other plumbing facilities when you flush the toilet. For instance, water backing up in the shower drain or bathtub drain when flushing the toilet could mean that the sewer is clogged.

Drains that are installed in the ground may also have leaks or may be broken causing water to back up in indoor plumbing facilities. Determining where the sewer line is installed outside the house and investigating whether there are trees, obstructions, or leaks near the sewer line can help you determine a broken sewer line that needs repair. Broken sewer lines can also be determined if you observed a strange or foul odor coming from plumbing facilities inside and outside of the home.

Knowing how to tell if a sewer is clogged adds convenience to maintaining and running a household, it can also save plenty of time and money once these symptoms are detected earlier on.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When it comes to plumbing, is it all the same no matter what type of structure you have? Is a commercial plumber capable of doing all a residential plumber does and vice versa? Or do you need special training to be one or the other?

The short answer is once a plumber, always a plumber. A plumber deals with the plumbing system. Whether its large or small, single family home or commercial property, it all boils down to the pipes and the structures that rely on those pipes to give us our modern day systems.Is There A Difference Between Commercial and Residential Plumbing?

The longer answer can separate the two on some levels.

Imagine a residential plumber who visits home after home, all day long. His focus is trained on what makes a single family residence work properly. He know how to install pipe properly to make the master bathroom function without incident. He knows how to fix a clogged drain in the kitchen. He knows how to install a water saving toilet in the half bath off the family room.

He’s a specialist in residential plumbing simply because he deals with the same problems day in and day out, all through the year.

A commercial plumber sees different problems every day. He may enter a flooded bathroom in a high rise office complex. He may lay out the system for a brand new apartment complex in its beginning stages.

A commercial plumber will require him to understand different codes and requirements than what may be necessary for a residential plumber. Commercial plumbing will take more use; more abuse. It will have to handle higher water pressures and be sturdier for dozens, if not hundreds of uses ever day. And it may require different permits to handle, different materials to fix, and a variety of installation processes that simply don’t matter in the average residential household.

Is plumbing just plumbing, no matter where it is? For the most part, the answer is yes. However, always ask your plumber if he is familiar with the job and can provide you with top service at a reasonable price, without having to worry about problems down the road.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When you experience a water leak in your home, there is only one thing on your mind – stopping the leak as soon as possible!

Water leaks can quickly cause damage to your home if they are not repaired in a timely manner. For example, you may have to replace flooring if it becomes too damaged from standing water. However, there are other hidden dangers associated with leaks – knowing these hidden dangers will ensure that you know what problems to look for if you experience a water leak.

The most common – and most overlooked – dangers of water leaks are mold and mildew. Yes, when you have a leak, you fix it as soon as possible. However, if the water reached an area of your home that you cannot see, it may not be long before additional problems develop.What Are The Hidden Dangers Of Water Leaks

Both mold and mildew can lead to health problems, including respiratory issues, as well as increased allergies. Mildew also has a distinct odor that can be quite disturbing to your sense of smell. The problem with mold and mildew is that you often cannot see it before it becomes a problem. You may not notice it all until you start to experience health problems or notice the strong odor. At this point, the problem may be more than you can handle on your own.

The best defense against mold and mildew developing from water leaks is prevention – preventing the leaks in the first place. Routine inspection of your floors and areas surrounding water sources can help you pinpoint potential leaks.

Paying close attention to your water bill can also alert you to possible water leaks. If your fees go up without a change in service, it can be an indicator of a slow leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

If you do experience a water leak, repair it immediately, then be proactive in cleaning up the water. Contact a professional for help if the water may have leaked into unknown areas. When it comes to your health and well-being, you simply cannot take any chances.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Why Your Water Heater May Be LeakingYour water heater is an important part of your home, and it plays a big role in your day-to-day life. From washing dishes to cleaning your clothes to taking showers, your water heater is heavily relied on for multiple daily tasks. Like any other piece of equipment in your home, the water heater will need maintenance or even replacement sooner or later. One of the first signs of this is leaking water.

When your water heater leaks water, it is more than just a minor irritation. Even small leaks can lead to detrimental damage to the floors and walls of your home when not attended to, and they can also result in basement flooding problems.

Here are some possible reasons why your water heater may be leaking:

  • The gaskets and valves can wear out. This eventually leads to water leakage under the water heater.
  • There is a fault in the temperature and pressure relief valve. You can flush the pipe to clean debris, but it may be necessary for you to replace the valve. If water is leaking from the threads of the valve then you should remove it and inspect it further.
  • There could be a leak in the storage tank leak. Study the outside and the inside of the tank for small holes or signs of rust. If you see even a single hole in the tank, you need to replace your water heater.
  • There could be leaks in the inlet and outlet pipes. You can either tighten or replace loosely joined flex lines as needed using an adjustable wrench.

Remember, you need to use extreme caution when attempting to fix your water heater yourself since you will be dealing with electricity and water, which can be a dangerous combination. Be sure to turn off the water heater before you attempt to do any work or repairs.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When we are called in on a job, in many cases its to repair a do-it-yourself project gone bad. No, we’re not against DIY projects – in fact many little projects are perfect for homeowners. However, the more complicated the repair, the better it is to leave it to the professionals. A professional plumber will have it completed in a short amount of time, and you’ll know the problem was fixed the way it should be – which means no complicated problem arising from the repair in the near future.

Most Common Plumbing Mistakes That Could Lead To Disaster

What are the most common plumbing mistakes we see:

The Just Enough

As a homeowner, if you’re in a hurry and the sink clogs, you need it fixed now. But if you’re late for a meeting, its hard to spend the time on it you should. So you plunge it a few times or dump some chemicals down the drain, hoping for the best. That approach will only work for so long. If you clear a little, clog a little, and continue to use that approach, eventually you will end up with a severe clog that could wreck all kinds of havoc in your pipes. Of course, this isn’t limited to a simple clog; we see this throughout the home. If you can’t find the root of the problem and don’t have time to repair something completely, call in a professional to fix it the right way the first time.

Mismatching

You’ve started a project but when you get home, you discover you’ve bought the wrong kind of pipe or the wrong fixture. Rather than return it and do it the right way, you fit your purchase in anyway. Nope, not always a good idea. Do you know the difference between copper and galvanized steel? PEX and PVC? If you connect the wrong pipe to the wrong fixture, dangerous corrosion can happen quickly.

Improper Installation

When was the last time you started installing a new fixture, only to discover you don’t have the proper tools? Rather than purchase the right one, you install it the best you can with the tools you have – what could go wrong? Lets imagine a toilet being installed, and the bolts aren’t tightened properly, and its not leveled properly to make sure its sitting straight. While it might not happen immediately, eventually you’ll end up with a bathroom full of water.

The Quick Fix

We see this one frequently around the holidays. Your guests are due to arrive in a day or two. You’ve been meaning to fix the toilet in the guest room that never works right. You start taking it apart, discovering you have no idea how to put it back together, and every time you flush you have more water outside the bowl than in. What went wrong? Then frustration sets in because you’re on deadline. When faced with a deadline, call in the professionals. It will allow you to put your time in on what’s truly important – your family, friends and festivities – while we make the plumbing in your home as good as new.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When a pipe breaks in your home, it may only take a few minutes for your home to be flooded, resulting in serious water damage. To avoid this type of expensive damage, you need to make sure that you know how to stop the flood before it starts.

How To Stop A Flood

You can do this by learning how to shut the water off to your home and to the various parts of your home, such as the water heater or the toilet.

  • Shutting the water off to your entire home means knowing where the shut-off valve is located outside of your home. You can normally find this valve near the water meter.
  • Your hot water heater should have a shut-off valve located on the hot water outlet. Turning this valve will shut off all the hot water to your home.
  • Located by the line running from your home to the tank of your toilet, you should find a valve. Turning this valve off will stop the flow of water into your toilet.
  • Shut-off valves for your sinks are normally located underneath the sink. These valves will turn the water off to that particular sink.
  • Your washer will also have shut-off valves located where the water comes into the laundry area and attaches to your washer. Shutting these valves off, both the hot and cold water, will turn the water off to your washer.
  • If you have a dishwasher, you can normally find the shut-off valve for it located in the same area as your kitchen sink shut-off valve – underneath the sink.

If you do not have all of these shut-off valves, hire a professional plumber to install them. It is imperative that you have a way to shut off the water source in the event of a leak or a busted pipe. If you have any trouble locating these shut-off valves in your home, a plumber can help you locate them, so that you will be prepared for the worst.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Plumbers. You never really think about them until the unthinkable happens and you need one right away.

Yet that is the worst time to go looking for one.

5 Reasons To Keep The Best Plumber In Centennial At Your FingertipsAsk someone who has recently experienced a flood, and relied on someone who showed up on their doorstep to bring their place back to normal. If you don’t have a reputable plumbing service that’s in business for the long run, your chances of getting a “not so great” deal is a high probability.

Which is why the best time to find a plumber is when you don’t really need one. Then keep them at your fingertips so they will be only a phone call away when you really need them most.

Reason #1 Deals aren’t always deals

Some companies are anything but reputable. They lead you in with a great deal, only to sideswipe you later with additional fees and changes that “aren’t the normal”. Before you rely on an advertised price in a coupon, make sure you ask for the fine print first.

Reason #2 Business longevity is everything

Are you calling a company that’s in it for the long term? Or are they trying out this business thing until something better comes along. Many small companies start out for a lack of finding a better opportunity, only to shut down once they find full employment. Look at the business as a whole to determine how long they will be there for you when you need their services again and again.

Reason #3 Stand behind their work

Lets say you have a new water heater installed today. What if you have a problem or a question six months from now? If you hire a fly-by-night company that was in and out of Denver fast, you’ll never be able to rely on their long term service. But if you hire a reputable company to replace your water heater, you can call the same place for questions, problems, and maintenance work until its time to replace your next water heater.

Reason #4 Questions don’t come with a time limit

What if your pilot light goes out at 11pm on a cold winter night? What if you have a question about your newly installed gas line on a weekend? Questions don’t happen on normal business hours. Which is why its important to have a company that will be there to answer your important questions when you need the answers most.

Reason #5 Reputation

Drive around and you’ll see the same trucks over and over again in your neighborhood. Ask around and you’re likely to hear the same names again and again. That’s what builds a solid reputation within the plumbing industry, within the Centennial community.

Quality 1st Plumbing is built strong, built to last. If you ever have any questions, and concerns, give us a call. We’re always here for you.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

When you are faced with serious sewer problems, your first step should be to contact a professional plumber. He will be able to tell you exactly what the problem is, as well as the solutions. There are many reasons why your sewer system could need repairs that go beyond plunging and snaking.

  • A severe build-up of grease or a foreign object that causes such an obstruction that waste cannot flow.
  • A section of pipe that has sunk lower than the rest of the pipe, creating a “belly” where waste collects until the pipe is obstructed.
  • Cracked, broken, and/or collapsed pipe due to age, freezing ground temperatures, etc.
  • Leaking pipes that allow waste water to escape the pipe and leach into the ground.
  • Complete obstruction by large tree roots.

Does Sewer Repair Mean Digging Up My Lawn?If your sewer system has one or more of these problems, you may be pulling your hair out in frustration at the thought of digging up your lawn. No one wants to deal with that hassle – and the resulting mess!

The fact is that you have two options for major sewer repairs. The first is, of course, digging up your lawn and the area of pipe that needs replaced. A backhoe is used to dig up the trench, the pipe is repaired, and the backhoe is used again to fill in the trench. It falls on your shoulders to replace the sod to make your lawn look beautiful again.

The second option is known as trenchless repair. This method involves much less damage to your lawn. Access points at the two ends of the damaged area are created. Through these access points, new pipe is pulled through the existing, old pipe. As the new pipe is pulled through, it causes the old pipe to burst. The new pipe is attached to the rest of the sewer system, the access holes are filled back in, and you still have your beautiful lawn.

Your professional plumber will help you choose the best method for your particular sewer problem.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

Your home’s drinking water is a very important factor in the health of you and your family. If your home was built before 1986, there is a possibility that the plumbing pipes could consist of lead materials. If this the case, your home’s drinking water could very well be affected.

How Is Your Plumbing Affecting Your Drinking Water?

Health effects of lead plumbing

Lead plumbing can cause many health effects, and some are very serious. Infants and children under six years of age can have slight deficits in their attention span and learning capabilities as well as have delayed mental and physical development. Adults who are exposed to lead plumbing for a prolonged amount of time can experience kidney issues or high blood pressure.

Homes that have lead pipes

If you are buying a home, you should know that sellers are usually not required to bring the plumbing up to code. This means that you must be extremely diligent about buying older homes. A home inspection in this case is essential to avoid health hazards of contaminated drinking water.

Mitigating plumbing

Your well can be tested to see if the external water source has safe inorganic levels. The water in your household faucets can also be tested to determine whether or not interior household plumbing is a source of contamination.

Inorganic contaminants that may be in your home’s drinking water

Besides lead, other contaminants can be present in your home’s drinking water depending on what type of metal piping your home has. If it has copper pipes, copper or lead can contaminate the water, causing liver or kidney damage. If the pipes are galvanized, you risk exposure to cadmium from natural deposits, which can damage kidneys. Other sources of other contaminants include pollution from industry or natural soils, or even backflow through a cross connection.

Plumbing Repair Services

Quality 1st Plumbing Repair is a full-service plumbing contractor serving Metro Denver.  We are licensed and insured, and our technicians are professionally trained in the repair and installation of all plumbing systems and fixtures. We are Colorado’s FIRST Licensed and Accredited GreenPlumbers! Visit our website

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